Long-distance relationships are known for being very challenging for many reasons. Although such connections are difficult, that does not mean you can’t have fun with a partner that does not live near you. We have come up with five specific ways in which you can spice up your long-distance relationship to keep it lively and fun.
1. Romantic virtual date nights
First things first, you have to keep your relationship romantic. You can’t exactly light candles and prepare the music for an online date, though. If you are willing to put in the work, you can still have romantic virtual date nights. Remember that what you consider romantic is not going to be the same across all couples. You might think that the most romantic thing to do is watch anime with your partner on a shared screen and then talk to one another. If that’s the case, then log into your profile on any of the available anime dating sites and message your partner. You can keep your chat screen up while on the site and watch anime on your television or mobile device of choice. This is a fun, intimate way to spend time with each other. You can have other romantic virtual date nights that are a little more physically intimate, too. Although it is not a topic that many people bring up, we’re trying to be realistic about the fact that long-distance relationships are buoyed by people expressing themselves with words, videos, and deeds. Plan out a special night, and you’ll feel closer than ever.
2. Send your partner a surprise gift
Another great idea for how to spend time with your long-distance partner is to send them a surprise gift. Sending your partner a gift will require a little finesse because you have to ask them for their address at some point, which might give away the surprise. Once you know where to send the gift, you have to start shopping. To get started, you need to think about the sorts of things that your romantic partner enjoys. You could get them a present that will make them think of you, such as a piece of jewelry (not a ring) that they like. Furthermore, you could send them some food to bring them short-term happiness. You might even consider thinking back to all their interests for a more personal and versatile gift. Maybe they don’t have the first season of their favorite old anime on Blu-Ray: you can get it for them. Otherwise, you could give them a gift of anything that they like, such as toys, tools, or stuffed animals. They’ll love that you thought enough of them to send a present.
3. Play Games Online Together
When you are in a long-distance relationship, finding ways to spend time with your romantic partner can feel very difficult. That means finding hobbies to take part in together will bring you closer since you get to spend so much time partaking in them. Video games are a great way to interact with your partner because you can do them online, adventure together, and build a rapport with one another by relying on your partner to support you through the difficulties imposed by the game. Every couple is a little different in terms of their interests, but video games come in many forms. You should have no trouble finding a game that you both enjoy together. For example, you can start playing sports games against each other or as a team. It’s also a good idea to get involved with team shooter games where you fight against other players in live combat. Lastly, you can always consider massively multi-player online role-playing games. These games let you explore worlds, work with others, and have regular interactions with each other. As long as you and your partner have fun, your relationship will benefit from video games.
4. Take up a hobby together
Another fantastic way to have a great long-distance relationship with someone is by getting involved in a hobby together. Trying something entirely new is an adventure, and you both can grow as individuals and as partners. Since you are online, you have limitations to what you can do. A great idea is to attend online cooking classes together. Learn how to make Kimchi at home through a live class and see why it’s such good food for you to eat. Focus on becoming a better pastry chef by watching videos and having a little competition with your partner. You can get into other hobbies as well. Try to learn a new musical instrument by live-streaming with each other. Paint together! Teach your partner about a hobby that you love! You have all sorts of ways to share your passion online.
5. Make a surprise visit
Making a surprise visit takes a lot of planning, and it could be stressful, so only do this one if you are one-hundred percent sure that your partner will react positively. Going to a first-time meetup necessitates that you have your partner’s address have known them long enough, and are willing to create a plan if things take a turn for the worse. You should book a hotel room for yourself before flying. Then, you should arrive in the town near your partner, spend the day there, and then talk to them about meeting up. You could tell them that you felt like visiting them, or you wanted to see if they were okay with meeting you. You shouldn’t be pushy, and you should be aware that they might not be ready to see you. Hence the first point is that you must prepare for this moment. Most of the time, you’ll find yourself in your partner’s loving arms. Other times, you have to ride out the vacation in your hotel room solo.
Long-distance relationships are an entirely different sort of experience. You can improve upon your experience in so many different ways. Whether you are spicing up your love life, learning something new together, or teaching one another your favorite hobbies, there is always something you can do to increase the enjoyment.
Linda Raley is a Psychology Faculty student, a freelance writer on sex and relationships, and a relationship beginner psychologist-consultant.